One of the people I find most interesting to follow on Twitter is Norman Spector as besides having a great mind and knowing all the ‘players’, he reads political news voraciously and picks up on things such as corrections, clarifications and letters-to-the-editors that I miss.
One of his Tweets that really caught my attention was a link to this letter-to-the-editor in the Globe and Mail:
In January, 2010, my UVic inbox had an e-mail invite from a democracy centre to attend a campaign school. Intrigued, I signed up for the three-day event.
Topics covered included voter identification. Discussion ensued about suppression techniques. Instructors explained voter suppression tactics were borrowed from those used by the U.S. Republican Party. Many kinds of suppression calls were canvassed. Another instructor gave detailed explanations of how robo-calls worked, techniques for recording messages, plus costs involved. He distributed his business card upon request.
Instructors made it clear that robo-calling and voter suppression were an acceptable and normal part of winning political campaigns. With election ethics like this, a more compelling case for changing to a system of proportional representation where each and every vote counts is hard to imagine.
John Fryer, adjunct professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
Now, this is an explosive allegation especially coming from John Fryer who just happened to be Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s campaign manager (see here) so why wouldn’t the Globe and Mail look into it?
For that answer, check out the Sun’s David Akin’s blog where he has tried to find out from Fryer if this was the same campaign school which Akin attended as a paid lecturer here.
And after reading that, take a look at this Tweet from Spector:
“Methinks we’re about to see a mother of
#cdnpoli defamation suits”
Which was answered by Nick Kouvalis of Campaign Research with this simple response:
Update: Looks like the Left-wing rag Vancouver Observer is the main target of this potential lawsuit as it ran a column called “Inside the Conservatives’ vote suppression school” based on Fryer’s letter
Also: Notice this from the author Emma Pullman’s bio:
Emma is a Vancouver-based researcher, writer and campaigner focused on climate change and sustainability issues. She is the Director of Research of Leadnow.ca, and a campaigner with SumOfUs.org, a global movement of citizens, workers and shareholders holding corporations accountable. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science, and you can find her writing in DeSmogBlog, Huffington Post, The Mark News, and Rabble.
Leadnow of course is the online petition organization who sent in 30K robocall ‘complaints’ to Elections Canada and is backed by Leftie partisans including NDP insiders (see here)
h/t Kevin Marchment